Clotheslining. How to cut your piecing time in half!

Clotheslining your quilt top…

If I never teach you anything else, please remember this tutorial and SHARE it with your friends (or at least the ones you like… or at least the ones who like to quilt!)

Chain stitching
Chain stitching

First of all… Think of CHAIN PIECING…

Don't cut that thread!
Don’t cut that thread!

You will stitch the entire FIRST TWO COLUMNS of pieces together, (PAIRS OF SQUARES) one set right after the other, WITHOUT CUTTING THEM APART… making a chain, or more precisely a kite tail.

Kite tail
Kite tail

Second… Think of COLUMNS, not rows. (Trust me, this is the most important paradigm to change, it will cut your piecing time in half! I promise!)
You will sew (or add) an entire column at a time.
They will all be connected by the chained thread, creating a clothesline of kite tails.

Third… Think of TURNING PAGES OF A BOOK. (Or like taping several sheets of music together, so they balance on your music stand.)
I will teach you to stack and label your columns with numbered pins. Then add “one page” to each row, as you chain your columns.

This works best with squares; it works for a little 9-patch block, or for your entire king sized quilt top. I will use a 9-patch block in this example, 3 columns by 3 rows.

Numbered, Flat head pins
Numbered, Flat head pins

Label some flat head pins with sets of numbers.
How many columns in your block (or quilt top)?
You don’t need any “ones”, just start with 2,3,4… As many as columns.

Many blocks, labeled & stacked
Many blocks, labeled TOP & CENTER, and stacked

(If you are doing lots of blocks, then you need that many sets)

Fuzzy back table cloth aka design wall
Fuzzy back table cloth aka design wall

First, lay out your design on the floor, or a DESIGN WALL (or a flannel back tablecloth).

Lay out block
Lay out block

Next, you will label and stack your columns with numbered pins.

Pin the corresponding number TOP & CENTER of each piece in the TOP ROW. (This is especially important for Directional Print fabrics, you’ll always know which end is up by the little pin holes… Yes, you are welcome.)
Left to right.. (Leave the first one blank,) then 2,3, etc…

Fold 2nd column onto first
Fold 2nd column onto first

The second column is folded onto the first column, and chain pieced into a kite tail.

Kite tail
Kite tail- keep the completed column together, but snip the thread at the bottom of the tail. ~note the pin labels Top & Center!

The third column is stacked with the top piece on top, pin through Top & Center.

Now think of Turning Pages of a Book, as you add the “third page” to each row… Still chain piecing the columns…

Add the next piece, as if turning the pages in a book, from the next stack, adding one to each row, as you continue to chain the columns
Add the next piece, as if turning the pages in a book, from the next stack, adding one to each row, as you continue to chain the columns


All three columns chained together.
All three columns chained together.

Now press your seams, fold the row over, stitch your horizontal seams…

Press seams to the dark side
Press seams to the dark side

The intersecting seams will nest together perfectly!

Please excuse the dark thread, don't report me to the quilt police.
Please excuse the dark thread, don’t report me to the quilt police.
Clotheslining will cut your piecing time in half, and give you much nicer intersecting points!
Clotheslining will cut your piecing time in half, and give you much nicer intersecting points!
The "chained" thread acts like a pin to hold things together
The “chained” thread acts like a pin to hold things together
Press or lean the seams in opposite directions to nest perfectly together
Press or lean the seams in opposite directions to nest perfectly together

(NOW… IF you were doing a larger block, or a whole quilt top, you would stack 1&2 folded together with a pin through the first pair.

Then STACK the REST of the columns. Always keep the TOP piece on the TOP of each stack.

Start on the far right, with the last column.
Pick up the top piece, and go down the column, adding the next piece to the bottom the stack.
Pin the number through the entire stack, keeping it TOP & CENTER.
Set the stack down.

Stack the next column, keeping the TOP piece ON TOP.
Pin the number through the entire stack, keeping it TOP & CENTER.
Set each new stack on top of the previously stacked pieces (biggest # on bottom).

Watch for future posts featuring larger blocks and/or whole quilt tops.

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Flowers for Hattie Jo

#ProjectQUILTING challenge quilt week 3. It’s all about that Thread.

Finished. Just in the nick of time. Displayed on the slightly melting snow.

Flowers for Hattie Jo

Its the tiniest quilt I’ve ever made, only 10×11″. I like Batiks and Cherrywood together… they play so well together. There are no wrong sides, the colors are true through and through, and the longer you look…the more you see.. lots of layers and shadows.

It is a quilt, I used two layers of Hobbs Heirloom batting. It has an optional pillow back… I might stuff it later to be kept on a bed, but for now I’ll display it with some of my favorite photos.

I started with the idea to have many different flowers, but used inspiration from our daughter’s wedding bouquet, and stayed with mainly daisy type mums, and the tiny 5-petal star-flowers she always likes. There is one carnation, I like them because they last so much longer than most flowers. Most are stitched with layers of creams, yellows, and golds, with a hint of pinks and burgundy. I threw three colorful flowers and a few leaves in there, too.

This has been an emotional month. How can you love and miss someone so tiny, you never saw, and will have to wait till eternity to meet? 💕

Project QUILTING Challenge 3 All about that Thread

Kim Lapacek from PersimonDreams of Wisconsin has some awesome quilt challenges… I love the Focus Through the Prism Challenge quilts using Cherrywood fabrics on the snowy deer fence! (I will attempt to attach her links… Wish me well. If it doesn’t show here, look her up, she’s cool.)

This morning I was half dreaming of her recent confetti challenge (week1) and kicking myself that I didn’t give it a try, since I had some pretty, albeit silly, ideas in my wee-early morning thoughts… then, when I propped open my eyes to check Facebook… I realized we don’t have to partake of ALL the weekly challenges… And there is still time to enter THIS WEEK’s challenge (3: it’s all about that Thread) … it’s only Friday, deadline is Sunday noon… Plenty of time! So I hopped out of bed like a little bunny, finished attaching the binding to a client quilt,


dug through my stash of Cherrywood and batik fabrics, grabbed an armful of Aurifil and Maderia spools, turned on my iron, and the HandiQuilter, and decided to jump in! …Well, right after a cup of coffee…

So… Here’s my process… Press and pin a Cherrywood & batting sandwich onto my HandiQuilter…

Cherrywood & Aurifil

stare at the pretty subdued images, listen to it, and then start interpreting what is already there,


by adding layers of thread. It’s like painting…

More thread colors

I saw lots of flowers and leaves.

I chose a fat quarter of Cherrywood in a rich dark brownish burgundy, and two coordinating batiks… Decided I did not have time to appliqué bits and pieces, so I put aside the aqua blue batik for another time, and kept the multi green-gold-burgundy forest batik for binding.

Then the flowers started to emerge…


Layer upon layer of color… But keeping it quiet and subdued…

I might add more greens… If there’s enough time tomorrow…

Challenge 3 Thread

… Then to add the back folds and binding… It will be a little pillow…

Flowers for Hattie Jo.

I Love Hover Mode!

Quick Tip Tuesday…

Its Tuesday, so here’s another quick tip… You probably already know I love the knee lift bar; I’ve had it on my last couple domestic sewing machines, and it is a requirement, if you ask me. It’s like having an extra hand when I sew or piece. (Don’t tell my knee lift bar, but I may have found a replacement for it… The Hover Mode Button!)

If you have a Baby Lock sewing machine, look for this handy feature… (It might be on other brands, too? I don’t know, this is a first for me!)

Hover Mode

When selected, the Hover Mode automatically lifts your Presser foot, with the needle in the down position, every time you take your foot off the floor pedal…


This allows you to readjust your fabric without losing your spot, allows you to tuck a seam the right direction, or pivot around a curved edge or sharp corner… and you don’t even have to be coordinated enough to push your knee to the side at the right time!

This is my new must-have for piecing and appliqué!

If you are a stop and go sewer, and just sewing a straight seam, and the auto lift of the presser foot bugs you… just press the button (OK, it’s an icon, not a button) and turn the option off.

Presser foot

It’s my new best friend!

What is your favorite feature on your sewing machine?



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Affordable Quilting…

It’s not a quilt until it’s quilted…

Are you looking for an affordable and adorable way to turn your quilt tops into actual quilts?  You’ve come to the right place… Seder Quilts!

Simple E2E comp ~Mango Chain
Simple E2E comp ~Mango Chain

My name is Paola and I offer a full range of quilting services and styles… Simple, Standard, Specialty, and Spectacular!

Simple E2E comp ~Starburst Flower Meander
Simple E2E comp ~Starburst Flower Meander

Simple all-over quilting designs are also called Edge-to-Edge (E2E), Border to Border, or Pantographs. One thread color throughout, not too closely stitched, it stays soft and fluffy, and is the most affordable option because it is quick and easy, with no rulers, no borders, no marking, and very little measuring.


Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander
Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander

Simple designs can be stitched by Freemotion Quilting or by Computerized Quilting; they can be Traditional (meander, floral, feathers, leaves), Modern (geometrics, straight lines, iconic silhouettes), or anything inbetween.

Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander
Simple E2E FMQ ~Meander

Freemotion Quilting (FMQ, Freehand, or Hand Guided) means I actually control the movement of my great big wonderful quilting machine (a HandiQuilter Fusion Longarm) by hand… I push, pull, wiggle, and squiggle every stitch.

Simple E2E Comp ~Trillium
Simple E2E Comp ~Trillium

Computerized Quilting means you choose a design from the ProStitcher computerized system connected to the quilter, and then the computer guides and controls the stitching as it moves.   There are hundreds of designs to choose from, (and there are thousands more online.)

E2E comp ~Daisy Marie
Simple E2E comp ~Daisy Marie

If you want something unique, I can design from your idea and stitch as I go… or plan, draw, and memorize an original image into the computer… (But we’ll talk about Specialty Custom Quilting another day!)

My name is Paola, I love quilting, and I would love to help you finish your next quilt! Contact me at or 701.388.1461.

Simple Allover Computerized ~Falling Feathers
Simple E2E Computerized ~Falling Feathers



Quick Tip Tuesday…

I’m a visual learner… so I LOVE the SKITCH app for puzzling out good stuff… (Stop&Start points, the best path through the maze, etc). Choose from multiple colors and line thicknesses, add text or arrows, save or send the options as photos, go back and trace them for muscle memory… (Did I mention I love it?)

“SKITCH” is a free app, (I use mine on an iPad, and I prefer to use a stylus, but it works with chubby fingertips, too.) It allows you to draw, or sketch, on a digital photo; you can save a new photo of your doodlings at any point; several options to send it to other people; you can delete your markings, and try many attempts. It’s a modern techy Etch-a-Sketch.

I use it to audition stitch routes on quilt blocks. I find it quicker than drawing out the block on graph paper by hand, and easier to erase and make changes. (My brother-in-law would use it to draw mustaches and big eyebrows on portraits.)

SKITCH appBonus tip… For nicer curves when stitching an Orange Peel… Weave in and out of several blocks with “S” shapes, as far as possible… rather than “C,C,C”… (Who doesn’t like nicer curves?)

And yes, you are welcome! 😊


Custom Quilting a Border ~Tutorial

Someone was looking at the LongArm Quilting, (the actual Design and Stitching of my work) that I had recently finished for a client. “How did you do this Star Border? You just type it in, and let the computer do it, right?” Ummmm… No, not quite…

Custom quilt bordersAlmost everything I stitch is “Custom Quilting.”

I often use a combination of Computerized Quilting and FreeMotion or Hand-Guided Quilting. You might wonder, (as Luther would say…) “What does this mean?”

Let me show you… Here’s my first tutorial (☺️squeeeel)… and a little peek into my creative Continue reading Custom Quilting a Border ~Tutorial

Today was special… A Velveteen Rabbit Quilt

New Binding for an Old Quilt

(Originally written Jan 30, 2015)

Today was special at Seder Quilts… A good kind of special. Not just because it is Thursday (Thursday is usually my favorite day of the week… that started decades ago) and not just because I thoroughly enjoy my “job” (I spend most of my days longarm quilting beautiful client quilts with custom freehand freemotion gorgeous stitching on my HandyQuilter) … but because I had a very special one-day-turn-around project to do today… New binding for a vintage quilt.

I love old, meaningful stuff; vintage stuff …not just cuz it’s old and cool, but because it had special meaning to someone, was taken care of, loved, used, and nearly worn out from being useful and special. And if the cool old stuff has been passed along to someone else, who also appreciates it, that really tickles me.

Vintage quilt     So today, I had the honor of restoring a well loved, Velveteen Rabbit type vintage Continue reading Today was special… A Velveteen Rabbit Quilt